Driverless cars: Who should be blamed for accidents?

A self-driving shuttle bus being tested in 2017. The report, produced by the Singapore Academy of Law's Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Sub-committee, says autonomous vehicles complicate the normal process of determining who should be liable for
A self-driving shuttle bus being tested in 2017. The report, produced by the Singapore Academy of Law's Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Sub-committee, says autonomous vehicles complicate the normal process of determining who should be liable for an accident, how liability is to be established and assessing any relevant defences.ST FILE PHOTO

As society prepares for self-driving or autonomous cars, questions may be raised as to who is to blame when a traffic accident involving such vehicles leads to damage and personal injury.

A sub-committee of the Law Reform Committee from the Singapore Academy of Law has published a report on what could be done in terms of negligence, product liability and no-fault liability.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 28, 2020, with the headline 'Driverless cars: Who should be blamed for accidents?'. Print Edition | Subscribe